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April 3, 2008
Media Advisory - Opening the Closet on Aging: Amazing Lives conference
The Senior Pride Network and the 519 Church Street Community Centre are hosting the third annual Opening the Closet on Aging conference for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Two-spirited and Queer (LGBTTQ) community and service providers.

The City of Toronto’s Homes for the Aged Division has collaborated with the LGBTTQ community through an advisory committee to develop resources to support long-term care homes in offering a gay- positive environment. Members of the advisory committee will be sharing lessons learned at this annual conference.

The speakers’ line-up includes: Barbara Hall, Helen Kennedy, prominent members of the LGBTTQ community and dedicated service providers. Presentations and workshops will cover health issues, long-term care, navigating the system, housing, legal and social engagement, rehabilitation and depression. Nancy Nicol’s film, Pride and Resistance, and a number of other award-winning films will be presented at the conference.

Date: Wednesday, April 9
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St.

For more information, e-mail or call 416-392-6878 ext.118

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Sandra Pitters, General Manager, Homes for the Aged, 416-392-8907
Dick Moore, Chair, Senior Pride Network, Coordinator Older LGBTTQ Program, The 519 Church Street, 416-392-6878 ext. 118



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